Yaruki Zero Podcast #17: Malcolm Harris

Yaruki Zero Podcast #17 (60 minutes, 13 seconds)

I became acquainted with Malcolm Harris because we’d both been invited as guests of honor for A-Kon (an anime convention in Dallas) in 2010. He’s the driving force behind Channel-M Publishing, an independent publisher of comics and RPGs, including Witch Girls Adventures. I’ve met very few people who are quite so passionate about creating and sharing their creations, and his enthusiasm is wonderfully infectious.

We finally got around to connecting on Skype to record a podcast, and Malcolm shared his insights on Witch Girls Adventures and how with it he’s designed and marketed a role-playing game aimed at teenage girls. He also talks a bit about the Witch Girls movie short he’s working on, as well as other games (Macho and Nemesis: Remix) and forthcoming Witch Girls supplements. He’s a really busy guy, to put it mildly.

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Witch Girls Adventures?
  3. A Drama Diaries Game
  4. Marketing to Girls
  5. Daytrippers; volunteers who hand out fliers at events
  6. Witch Girls as an (introductory) RPG
  7. How do girls play RPGs?
  8. Witch Girls as YA fiction
  9. Witch Girls: Beyond Convention, the forthcoming Witch Girls short film, plus forthcoming WGA supplements
  10. Macho, Malcolm’s over-the-top action hero RPG, due out this year
  11. Nemesis: Remix, a superhero RPG for fans of superhero comics, due out in late 2012
  12. Even more stuff on the horizon for Channel M!
  13. Malcolm says believe in your self!

Technical Notes
The technical quality of the recording wasn’t quite what I hoped; my voice is too loud, while Malcolm’s is too quiet (usually it’s the other way around) and has just enough of a background hum that it’s hard to boost without reducing the audio quality. (Plus you can hear me breathing far more than I’d like.) I hope you’ll bear with me all the same, because this is probably my most interesting podcast episode so far.

This podcast uses selections from the song “Time Machine” by To-den from the Grünemusik album of the same name, available for free from Jamendo.com. If you like the song, consider buying some CDs from Nankado’s website or via Jamendo.

Very awesome caricature of Ewen courtesy of the talented C. Ellis.

1 thought on “Yaruki Zero Podcast #17: Malcolm Harris

  1. I haven’t finished listening to it yet but it’s being hard to because of the volume.

    You should try The Levelator from The Conversation Network. It’s a little app that levels the sound volume in order to fix that type of sound problems.

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